The Happening

I entered a recent competition to create a piece of artwork for the Storefront in New York.  The brief was based on the idea of ‘Measure’.  Architecture today seems to only be created for investment opportunities, thus my intention was to create an environment that would create something intangible which cannot be measured yet be valuable and memorable to the people that experienced it.  It Storefront itself is in close proximity to Soho so thus the use of a traditional Chinese architecture sat on top of the local vernacular.  It was supposed to be more of a performative space by showing the use of the space above and around the streets.  Below was my blurb to describe the piece.

To measure, to quantify the physical and tangible dimensions of  a place is to articulate facts in order to construct values.  It seems that architecture has pursued the modernist dictum of ‘form follows function’ too dogmatically in the relentless pursuit of efficiency and optimisation superseding more fundamental spatial experiences.  As a counterpoint we propose to use the Storefront to act as the stepping stone to create a stage for an alternative experience devoid of linearity.  To play with the idea of architecture to create the catalyst for occurrences in the city which allow the active participation of the audience.

The Happening

The Happening

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Kevin Di Serna

Kevin Di Serna an Argentinian born in 1987, was introduced into music by his father, former drummer, with Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple Melodies.  His progressive beats and rolling base makes this mix.  The range of genres and sub genres in dance music are wide from the more modern dub step to the old school acid house.  I still think that the techno has the background in an older generation.  You find these type of nights filled with a more mature crowd which always blends well with seeminglessly enjoyable night without the hot head immature brats that seem revolve arund the more popular djs that circulate the mainstream.  It all falls in line at this moment in time with a current exhibition at ICA of IBIZA during its hey days.  I wish I was there when it started but I was not even born.  The following video about Trevor Jackson will bring to light a passion of this sub culture that has shaped Britain since the early 80’s.  Enjoy the mix by Kevin.

Abstract Graffiti

Abstract Graffiti

Pitch Lake by SOMA.  The first time I heard of Tony’s work was two years ago stumbling on his work online.  We worked together on a small one day show as part of Uncontained @ Boxpark with Shellsuite Zombie and 55DSL.  The whole abstract graffiti was starting to boom and become more widely noticed.  The beginnings of exhibitions solely dedicated to that style of graffiti in exhibitions by Futurism 2.0 with exhibitors like Augustine Kofie, Phil Ashcroft and notably Morten Anderson.  This came in tandem with the Saatchi Street Art competition which was won by Tony Driver aka SOMA.  As all graffiti artists generally work under a pseudonym to mask their identity can also be taken as a comment on the fallacy of romanticizing the conscious individuality or subjectivity of the artist.  But its interesting to see when graffiti artists move closer to the gallery scene that they move closer to assimilating their original name.  KAWS did the same and even now I consider removing the Donshi name into my real name which is rarely even used in my family.  But why do we choose to go from one to the other or vice verca?   I’m not saying that I am in the same of league of those two artists but it brings to light the same question of legitimacy and the acceptance of one into the art world mainstream.

Time & Motion..Redifining Working Life Exhibition FACT Liverpool

Time & Motion Exhibition FACT Liverpool

75 Watt: Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen
Viewed at FACT Liverpool as part of the Time & Motion…Redefining Working Life Exhibit.Supported by FACT and the Royal College of Art.
I was lucky enough to remember to see this exhibit at FACT cinema while I was visiting home for the Christmas period.  The ever changing working environment pushed by the radically disrupting digital technologies.  During the Industrial Revolution, workers fought for the right to a work-life balance in which we perform our 8 hrs of labour and then leave the factory.  That doesn’t feel like the case in today’s society, especially in London where for example the office is open 24hrs, 7 days a week.  I would say that I spend almost half my life in the office clicking away at my mouse which had notable signs of wear on the left click button.  This million clicks only came about as a friend had asked me to record my office environment for periods of the day.  I would have never thought about it if she hadn’t asked.  The exhibition is formed by several artists work that redefine the idea of time & motion in the form of essays, expos, installations and videos which seek to critique this changing paradigm.  The most notable piece was by Cohen and Van Balen due to the use of the word ‘drift’ to describe the camera movement as the viewer in 75 watt.  This conjures up all thoughts of the 60’s avant-garde art movements back to the ‘situationists’ and their critique of advanced capitalism.  Further interesting thoughts come to mind as similar to an exhibition I saw at the Barbican of works by Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns and Rauschenberg, except I was unfortunate enough not to see the performance while on my visit.  If you get the chance the exhibition runs till the 9th March 2014 @ FACT Liverpool.